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Discover Budapest’s smallest haunt for specialty coffee


  • Jász Annamária

10/01/2018 11.39am

A miniature locale is currently offering some of Budapest’s highest quality coffee. Found a short walk from Rákóczi Square in off-beat District VIII, Coffee Stand Gutenberg is a tiny hotspot with some of the finest java in the Hungarian capital. This little locale is just big enough to squeeze in a small kitchen area with the coffee machine, a mini fridge and one barista – forget about sitting down to sip. Coffee cups are served through the window for takeaway. The light-roast coffee blend is made from Costa Rican beans cultivated by a farmer there of Hungarian origin.

A new street-coffee trend is taking off in Budapest. Housed in a narrow shop occupying just a pocket-sized space, Coffee Stand Gutenberg is a recent addition to Budapest’s specialty café scene, the only difference being that this tiny venue sells java exclusively for takeaway. Even so, the 390-forint espresso is well worth stopping by for.

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

While the beans are supplied by the Lucky Cap Roastery based in the town of Szekszárd in southern Hungary, the coffee originally comes from a farm in Costa Rica cultivated by a Magyar man with a winemaking background. His Caturra and Catuai coffee shrubs grow on a sun-kissed Central American terroir spanning 30 hectares some 1,500 meters above sea level.

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

Photo: Balkányi László - We Love Budapest

Light-roast java pairs well with freshly baked cocoa rolls and croissants by The Mill artisanal bakery, also featured on the menu here. In addition to the cortado, cappuccino, latte and flat white coffee varieties, Coffee Stand Gutenberg makes tea and hot chocolate, and sells a selection of fresh juices for a vitamin rush as well as a caffeine one.

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